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Completed research project

Title / Titel AIS, reloaded
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Summary / Zusammenfassung The present project is part of a long-time research programme aiming at analysing the diachronic evolution of Italo-Romance vernaculars in the last century. The general objective of the programme is to compare the material contained in the Sprach- und Sachatlas Italiens und der Südschweiz (AIS), which provides a fine picture of vernaculars as spoken between 1919 and 1928, with data on present-day dialects collected in the same locations.
First of all, we aim to 1) digitalize part of the 1920s AIS (around 50%); 2) carry out new fieldwork in Switzerland (Ticino and Grisons); 3) build a database, a search engine and a GIS interface (Graphic Information System) in order to manage, retrieve and present the data; 4) develop new lines of research on four main topics: the syntax of subject pronouns, the analysis of palatal obstruents, the make-up of verb paradigms, and the rate of lexical decay.
We aim to collect new recordings of the AIS material for 36 datapoints in southern Switzerland (18 for Romansh and 18 for Lombard) in close collaboration with the Centro di dialettologia e etnografia (CDE) of Bellinzona and the Institut dal Dicziunari Rumantsch Grischun (IDRG) of Chur.
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Publications / Publikationen Schmid, Stephan; Negrinelli, Stefano (2015). Palatal obstruents in two Rhaeto-Romance varieties: acoustic analysis of a sound change in progress. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow UK, 10 August 2015 - 14 August 2015.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe AIS, Switzerland, digitalization, dialects
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Michele Loporcaro (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Stephan Schmid
Dr. Diego Pescarini
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Dr. Franco Lurà, Centro di Dialettologia e di Etnografia, Bellinzona, CH.
Prof. Dr. Bruno Moretti, University of Bern, CH.
Dr. Matthias Grünert, University of Freiburg, CH.
Dr. Graziano Tisato, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Padova (Italy).
UZH GIS laboratory.
UZH Video laboratory.
UZH Phonogram Archives.
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jan 2016 to Jan 2019